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Obituaries for Friday, December 8, 2017

Lillian Arruda

Lillian Arruda of Kapaa passed away on Nov. 18, 2017, at the age of 86. She was born in Hilo, Hawai’i on Aug. 29, 1931, and was retired from Wilcox Medical Center where she worked in the business department.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Arruda Jr.; parents, Gabriel and Gloria Freitas; daughter, Diana Javier; and brother, Gabriel Freitas Jr.

She is survived by her children, Gloria (Russell) Yee of Las Vegas, Mary Moran of Kapaa, Veronica Koga of Kapaa, Joseph (Juli) Arruda III of Lihue, Carrie (Greg) Kanelis of Washington, Melinda Sukehira of Wailua, Andrea Arruda of Wailua, Natasha Arruda of Kapaa, Nicole Arruda of Kapaa; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, Dec. 16, at St. Catherine Parish, with visitation from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. and Mass celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at St. Catherine Cemetery in Kealia.

Borthwick/Kauai Mortuary assisted the family with arrangements.

Michael O. Christensen

Michael Orin Christensen, age 68, died suddenly in Sydney, Australia on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. He and his wife Gail lived in Hanapepe, Hawaii, where Michael had been pastor of the Hanapepe United Church of Christ since 2014.

Michael was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa on March 4, 1949, to Jeannine Adele (nee Johnson) and Orin Clair Christensen. Michael and Gail married in Ottawa, Kansas, on May 27, 1973. He is predeceased by both his parents; his sister, Ann Christensen and his son-in-law, John Moschione. He is survived by his wife; his brother, Kim Christensen of Sioux City, Iowa; his daughters and sons-in-law, Jeannine Christensen and Christopher Brooks of Newport News, Virginia, Rebecca Larkin of Blaine, Minnesota, and Ellen and Jason Gilbert of Williamsburg, Virginia; seven grandchildren – Arik, Vittoria (Devon) and Jacy, Alexandra and Thomas, Nathaniel and Shelby.

Michael graduated from Harlan High School, Iowa and graduated with a B.A. in music from Ottawa University in Kansas. He earned his Master of Divinity from Central Baptist Seminary in Kansas City, Kansas and was ordained as a minister in 1977 at Maysville Christian Church in Missouri. During Michael’s career, he was minister to churches in Troy KY, Maysville MO, Rock Port MO, Paris MO, Scottsbluff NE, Williamsburg VA, Newport News VA, Windsor VA, Higginsville MO, and Hanapepe, HI. He also served as a field chaplain in the U.S. Army.

Michael Christensen served as an ordained minister for 40 years, caring especially about the welfare of small and rural communities and churches. He will be well remembered by his family, friends, colleagues, parishioners and many others whom he encountered, spoke with, and changed their lives over the years.

Catalina Lucina Motilla

Catalina Lucina Motilla, 97 years old of Lihue, Kauai passed away on Nov. 14, 2017, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital. She was born on Sept. 20, 1920, in the Philippines.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fermin Motilla; daughter, Mercedes Motilla; parents, Victor and Maria Lucina.

She is survived by her daughters, Pacita (Teodulo) Ganiron, Priscilla (Villamor) Fabro, Sr., Narcisa Gonzalez; son, Victor (Yvonne) Motilla; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Immaculate Conception Church from 8 to 9:45 a.m. where Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial to follow at Kauai Memorial Gardens.

Casual attire suggested.

Borthwick/Kauai Mortuary assisted the family with arrangements.

Eldean ‘El’ Soon Yil Chung Scott

Eldean “El” Soon Yil Chung Scott of Lawai passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family on Nov. 16, 2017, at the age of 84. She was born in Honolulu in 1933 to Euicho and Hazel Pahk Chung.

Eldean attended Colorado State University earning a degree in Occupational Therapy. She then married her college sweetheart, Phil. They moved to Maui when he started his career in sugar with HC&S. El enjoyed golfing, trap shooting, growing beautiful roses, painting and hand weaving. Together they raised their two children along with goats, ducks, geese and dogs in Haiku, Maui.

In 1992, they relocated to Kaua’i when her husband became manager of McBryde Sugar Company.

Eldean was an accomplished weaver and textile artist. She had fun growing her own cotton, using plants to dye the cotton and then spinning it into yarn to use in her woven projects. She loved to share her creations and donated several handwoven originals to different organizations. She had a passion for knitting “Hope” lambs to be given to people in need of hope.

El also enjoyed the process of growing cacao and transforming it into chocolate. She loved spending time in her kitchen, cooking and baking for her friends and family.

Eldean served as Kauai Commissioner for the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. She was a Trustee/Secretary for The Kauai Museum, a member of the Young Brothers Community Action Board, a sustaining member of the Wilcox Hospital Auxiliary, a Kauai Community College Fund Trustee and a founding member of the KCC Spring Gala event.

El was happiest when she was helping others. Her gift of joy shown through her beautiful smile, laughter and playfulness will always be remembered. She was truly adored by many.

Eldean will be loved and missed by her husband of 60 years, Phil Scott; daughter, Cyndy Bear (Dave) Jordan; son, Phil (Karen) Scott; grandchildren, Hokulani (Eric) Fujikawa, Kaimana Jordan, Krista (Jared) Miller and great-grandchildren, Keira Sky Fujikawa and Kaylee Miller.

Eldean passed away peacefully at home shortly after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

Garden Isle Mortuary assisted the family with arrangements.

Carl Minoru Sumida

Carl Minoru Sumida passed away peacefully at home in Hanamaulu on Nov. 23, 2017, at the age of 65 after a lengthy and courageous battle with ALS. Carl was born on Aug. 4, 1952, in Honolulu. He was a special education teacher at Kapaa Middle School and the special department’s chairman at Kapaa High School.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents, Jitsuo and Dr. Janet Sumida of Honolulu.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Janice Sumida of Hanamaulu; daughter, Tammy Sumida; grandson, Trevor Takeno of Honolulu; sister, Dr. Lynn Joy (Dr. Alasdair MacIntyre) of Mishawaka, Indiana; numerous uncles, aunts, nephews, and cousins.

Private Service. No koden and no flowers. Scattering of ashes at later date.

Kauai Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

Charles Tilley

Charles Tilley, 78 years old of Omao, Kauai passed away on Nov. 21, 2017, at his home. He was born on July 22, 1939, in Kentucky.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Mae Tilley; son, David Mitchell Tilley.

He is survived by his loving wife, Linda Tilley; son, Robert Charles Tilley; daughters, Carole Ann (Larry) Paget, Sharon Lee Zieska, Gabrielle Reed; 1 grandchild and also by his loving and loyal dog Charlie II.

Mr. Tilley was born in Louisville Kentucky, then moved to Detroit and settled down in Chicago, Illinois. He had a very successful career in the Alarm Business and received many awards.

In 1992 Mr. Tilley and his wife Linda founded the very successful ORD Chicago Shop and aviation store in the O’Hara Hilton located in O’Hare Airport. They retired to Kauai in 2003.

Celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Lydgate Park small pavilion at 11 a.m.

Casual attire, omit flowers.

Borthwick/Kauai Mortaury assisted the family with arrangements.

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